More high definition signals are transmitted today through what are known as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables. For some consumers, finding the correct length of cable can be quite a task. In the past, when coaxial cable was used it could be run over rather long distances. The cable could then be cut to the desired length and a connector installed at the end. However, this is not the case when using today’s hdmi cable. Actually, some different actions need to be taken if you find your HDMI cable is too short.
Another change that has occurred is how TVs take up space. In the past, they were in consoles on the floor or rested upon tables. The cables could easily be hidden behind the television. However, with today’s flat screen TVs being mounted on walls or with rotating mounts, most consumers really don’t want a cable traveling down the wall. Therefore, more of them want the cables to be buried within the wall. With this maneuvering through walls, it often ends up that the cable you thought would be long enough, simply is not.
Actually if you find that your HDMI cable is not long enough you do have some other options besides simply purchasing a longer cable. The easier of the two options is to use a HDMI coupler. HDMI couplers have sockets on both ends so that it can be placed in HDMI cables. Choosing this option is definitely not only easy but inexpensive as well. Keep in mind that this method is best used when the total length of the cables is less than 20m.
There is a second option you could use when you find your HDMI cable is too short. This requires you to use a HDMI repeater. An HDMI repeater connects two HDMI cables together and also helps to boost the signal. This option, unlike the previously mentioned one, does require the use of additional power. This option is best used when the combined HDMI cables will have a total length exceeding 20 m. Keep in mind this method is more costly but it also helps protect the signal quality with a larger run of HDMI cable.